Having a role within a work group or network, even if we socialize with only some of its members, can be psychologically rewarding and give us a sense of belonging. So what might you miss when you leave?

The workplace is a social and cultural community, with its own traditions and social rituals: we celebrate birthdays, exchange news and views, make leaving speeches, and are sincerely concerned when someone falls ill.

Work also provides the ideal opportunity to participate in a collective endeavor. While a minority of people may find a similar sense of shared purpose in a sports team, for example, for many work is unique in this respect. At home, ...

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